Add abstract effects to the portrait in Photoshop

?In this tutorial, I will show you how to create an unusual photo-manipulation in Photoshop step by step. I will teach you to apply various techniques of drawing with brushes as well as techniques of working with layer masks to create such a unique and interesting photo-manipulation.

Download the source materials for the lesson

Note: the lesson was created with Photoshop CS6, therefore, some screenshots may differ from those in earlier versions of the program. Note that some brushes appear only in Photoshop CS6.

Final effect:

Let’s start!

Step 1

Create a new document of 1000px by 1000px, with a white background. Load the wall texture in Photoshop and select its part, as shown in the image:

Copy and paste the selected area into the document, change the size and position of the texture according to our document.

Using the tool Eraser (Eraser tool) with 50% opacity and pressure, erase parts of the texture, as shown in the image:

Add the following three adjustment layers on top of the texture layer, and adjust them as shown in the image:
Black and whiteoh (Black and White):

Levels (Levels):

Curves (Curves):

And, this is what we should have at this stage:

Step 2

Load the model image in Photoshop. In any way you want to separate the model from the background and paste into our document. Resize and position the model as shown below:

Add a filter Bluron the surface (Surface blur) with the following parameters to the model layer:

Using various combinations of hard and soft brushes, not forgetting about our brushes, the link to which is located at the beginning of the lesson, draw as follows on the layer mask:

This is what the effect will be:

Step 3

Add the following three layer-masked adjustment layers to the model layer:

Black and whiteoh (Black and White):

Thus, we are working on areas in the Black and White layer mask:

Levels (Levels):

Again, the areas that we are working on the layer mask of this adjustment layer:

Curves (Curves):

And, that’s what we get:

Step 4

And here is the interesting part of the lesson :) Take the brush shown below and set the parameters as shown:

Use this brush to add a special texture in the areas shown below:

You can also experiment: take the brush shown in the image and draw something on the new layer:

Use filter Plastics (Liquify) to change the shape of the strokes, and give them a soft, undulating shape:

Move the resulting wave to the right eye like this:

Step 5

Having decided to play a little with the model’s hair and add some effects, I used the tool Fast selection (Quick selection tool) size 10px.

With its help, we select the hair area:

Fill the area with white, and use a soft eraser to erase the top of the fill, as shown below:

Change the blending mode to Overlap (Overlay), slightly reduce the opacity to about 90%.

Duplicate this layer while maintaining the blend mode, and move it below to the area of ​​the model’s forehead:

Step 6

We are almost finished, it remains to add the final touches. With the help of the “Debris” brushes we downloaded earlier, we will make a few strokes around the model (reduce the brush before starting work):

To add colors to the image, add an adjustment layer. Vibration (Vibrance) with the following parameters:

And, here is our result!

At this our lesson is over! I hope you liked it and was helpful. Until next time and have a great day!

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